While checking my phone messages a few weeks ago, a familiar voice begin to speak. It was my girl Nicole, inviting me to join her and about 15 of her favorite friends for a Sunday matinee play at the Guthrie Theater www.guthrietheater.org. The play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” (A Production of Penumbra Theatre Company) written by the late August Wilson, explores art, race, religion, and exploitation of African American recording artists in the 1920s. I quickly called Nicole back to accept the invitation for three main reasons: 1. I always welcome an opportunity to socialize with dynamic, inspiring women. 2. It’s always a treat being at the beautiful Guthrie Theater-one of my favorite places in Minneapolis, and 3. Because of the size of our group, we got discounted tickets and I just seem to have more fun if I know I’m getting a good deal. If you have never been to the Guthrie, promise yourself-and promise me-that you’ll go before summer’s end. Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of your experience.